Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The team travels to Seattle to find the captor of four missing women.


Richard Shepard


Jeff Davis (created by), Jeff Davis

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Episode complete credited cast:
Mandy Patinkin ... Jason Gideon
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Lola Glaudini ... Elle Greenaway
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
Lukas Haas ... Clerk (The Footpath Killer)
DJ Qualls ... Richard Slessman
Meredith Monroe ... Haley Hotchner
Andrew Jackson ... Tim Vogel
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Chelah Horsdal ... Heather Woodland
David Lewis ... David Woodland
Louise Grant Louise Grant ... Mrs. Slessman
Hiro Kanagawa ... Seattle ASAC (as Hiro Kangawa)


Supervisory Special Agent Jason Gideon returns to the Behavioral Analysis Unit after an extended medical leave, and BAU team leader Aaron Hotchner must secretly evaluate Gideon's performance. Gideon's first case upon his return involves tracking down an unsub (unknown subject) in Seattle before he kills his latest kidnap victim. Written by Mark Cabot

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Release Date:

22 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The crime location shown in the conference room is in Kirkland, WA with an approximate location: 47.659696,-122.20249. See more »


When Reid and Morgan are trying to figure out the computer password, they pull Metallica's "Some Kind of Monster" out of the CD tray, and Reid guesses that the password is "Enter Sandman", but that track is not on that CD. So it's not possible for the killer to listen to that track when falling asleep. (When Reid suggests "Enter Sandman" it is in response to Morgan saying "I'm an insomniac who listens to Metallica to fall asleep at night. What song could possibly speak to me?" Also the CD is in the laptop computer. When Morgan lays down on the bed he reaches over his head and pulls down a portable CD player with headphones, which is probably what Richard listens to while trying to fall asleep.) See more »


Jason Gideon: [voiceover] Nietzsche once said, "If you look long enough into an abyss, the abyss looks into you.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


Criminal Minds Theme
Composed by Mark Mancina
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Extreme Aggressor
9 April 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The first episode of Criminal Minds has some flashy shots to establish itself from rival shows and its dark subject matter.

Mandy Patinkin is Special Agent Jason Gideon, teaching FBI recruits in Quantico, but now bought back to the field after what seems like a nervous breakdown.

The show is about the FBI Agents in the Behavioral Analysis Unit, in short profilers who have been beloved since Will Graham and the film Manhunter. This means we enter the minds of very bad people and what could be race against time.

Gideon has been flown into Seattle as a woman has been lured and is likely to be held for seven days before being strangled. She is the latest victim and in some ways the aggressor wants to be caught and may even have left clues behind.

The pilot episode was suspenseful and at times grim, Gideon is brilliant at reading people and situations but I was not overly impressed by it. Maybe it needed some silliness or even black humour.

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